Orthopaedic surgery, treatment and training, particularly at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, are the cornerstone of our activities in Ethiopia.

Amongst the goods dispatched in sea containers have been operating tables, anaesthesia machines, diathermy machines, ultrasound machines, light transformers, ward and recovery beds, wheelchairs, mattresses, surgical gloves, medical supplies and doctors and nurses uniforms.

The most significant and ambitious project undertaken by ADFA to date in Ethiopia was the conversion of an unused teaching space into three fully equipped orthopaedic operating theatres and recovery ward at the Black Lion Hospital.

This project has ensured residents receive regular orthopaedic training through a more thorough theatre roster programme and greatly improved the operating capacity at the hospital.

In 2015, ADFA fully funded and implemented a scholarship program for Somaliland residents to attend the Black Lion Hospital for four years orthopaedic training.

Two Somaliland trainees were selected to be followed by a third in 2016.

Somaliland does not have any orthopaedic surgeons so this is the first step in ensuring that the gap is slightly reduced as the residents are required to return to Hargeisa after their four years training.

Nurses training courses have been implemented to address the commissioning of the new orthopaedic operating theatres and improve the standard of ward nursing.

These sessions have greatly improved the working protocols and procedures of the nursing staff.

Lying to the north of Addis Ababa, the Felegehiwot Referral Hospital in Bahir Dar is developing an orthopaedic program through four young and dedicated orthopaedic surgeons who went through their training at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa under the tutelage of Dr Forward.

ADFA has agreed to assist through funding to improving the orthopaedic block; the donation of medical equipment and supplies and the provision of further training in orthopaedics, ward nurse and theatre nurse training.

ADFA is currently working with the regional hospital in Hawassa to undertake a similar program to Bahir Dar.

AO Alliance and ADFA strategic planning and development meeting for the distribution of orthopaedic services throughout Ethiopia.

Skill transfer from ADFA volunteer to local medical staff and surgeons.

Empowering the BLH orthopaedic surgeons and residents to deal with the increasing trauma load.


Important part of infrastructure development is to make sure that recipient has the knowledge to maintain the equipment in operating rooms.

Skill transfer during orthopaedic surgery.

Nursing training program

Intensive teaching practices.